communion tableWe come together, not around doctrines we hold in common, but out of our desire to live faithfully together.

In worship we recognize that we do not know everything, as we seek to expand knowledge and share mystery.  From Sunday announcements about the activities of the church, through prayers, singing, scripture, sermon, sharing of God’s peace, to informal conversations during fellowship hour at the end of worship, we affirm God’s love.  We gather in prayer and praise around the communion table on the first Sunday of the month and we support each other as followers of Jesus seeking to promote justice in response to God’s love.

Our Sunday Worship is at 10:30 a.m.  On Sunday mornings we provide easy underground free parking for those attending Sunday morning worship.  Child care for all ages begins at 10:15 am on most Sunday mornings.

First Church generally follows traditional patterns of Christian worship–drawing upon common lectionary readings from the Bible, offering classic and contemporary prayers and readings by laity and clergy, listening to sermon reflections, and sharing in many other ways.  We honor the season of Advent leading up to Christmas and value the Lenten reflection as we  prepare for the message of Easter.  We involve children at the beginning of Sunday worship before they go to educational programs, and we encourage children to participate in our monthly communion with other members of their family.  Everyone is welcome to partake of communion–persons grounded in other religious traditions and persons with no religious tradition.  We say, with many United Church of Christ congregations, “No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.”

On Wednesdays from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. people gather in our small upstairs chapel for what we call a “Break Away Meditation.”  No matter your faith or religion, you are invited to come to the church for a time of silence and sit with others in meditation.  Thirty minutes once a week for meditation, silence, and prayer is not much, but it can make a big difference.

From time to time we hold special services in the Taize tradition — blending silence, readings and music.  We are always exploring new ways to embrace the wonder of worship.  We believe that God is still speaking to us and we take time to listen and respond.

Three things are listed below:
Basic Information about what is happening on Sundays
Reflections and a link to the entire text of the sermon preached last Sunday
The list of Second Sunday Offerings we are supporting in 2013 with links to more information

Sunday, September 2416th Sunday after Pentecost, Sid Fowler preachingRead more...
Second Sunday Offering on August 13

Life Asset.  The August 13 Second Sunday offering supports Life Asset for the second year.  Life Asset empowers people through affordable financial products (e.g., microloans), services, and education, thereby promoting self-help and self-respect and expanding social and economic opportunities for lower income residents, and gives microloans and credit to help alleviate poverty in Washington DC.  The target population is low-income entrepreneurs in the Washington DC area, who are underbanked and underemployed and are having difficulties qualifying for an affordable loan to start or expand a business.Read more...
Second Sunday Offering: Shaw Community CenterJune's Second Sunday Offering on June 11 supports Shaw Community Center in their work to enhance the lives and expand the opportunities of children, youth, and adults of the Shaw community in Washington, D.C.  The Center (formerly Shaw Community Ministry) seeks to empower the people of the Shaw community through varied educational programs.Read more...
May Second Sunday OfferingGlobal Ministries is a joint ministry of the United Church of Christ and the Disciples of Christ.  The partnership started 50 years ago, with the establishment of a joint Southern Asian office with shared staff.  Since 1996, the Common Global Ministries Board has overseen the ministry, co-managed by both denominations and missionaries throughout the world.Read more...
February Second Sunday Offering: Thrive DCThrive DCSunday, February 12.  Thrive DC works to prevent and end homelessness by providing vulnerable individuals a comprehensive range of services -- meals, showers, laundry, and more -- to help stabilize their lives.  Thrive DC is comprehensive, professionally staffed, bilingual, and is unique in providing the last available safety net for people facing economic crisis and housing instability while also providing the first step toward independence for people experiencing extended periods of homelessness.   Go to their website at www.thrivedc.org for more information.Read more...
January Second Sunday OfferingsurjSecond Sunday Offering, January 8.  The January Second Sunday Offering will be dedicated to two local organizations focused on racial justice work:  Black Lives Matter DC (BLM-DC) and Standing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), with 60 percent of proceeds going to BLM-DC and 40 percent to SURJ.  Black Lives Matter DC is a collective of organizers, activists, and artists in the District of Columbia who work to combat anti-blackness and racialized oppression.  SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) DC is a chapter of the national SURJ organization, which seeks to organize white people to dismantle white supremacy and support racial justice movements.Read more...